The Congo’s killing fields

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Article Social Justice War and Peace
Families separated. Millions left for dead. Do we share some of the blame?

Patrick Mwnyamahord knows where his father is buried because a neighbor showed him that small place. What he doesn't know is how his father got there, and there was no one he could safely ask, not then. Twelve years ago he and his family made one of a series of sudden escapes from the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) into nearby Burundi. On this particular exodus his father was too ill to travel and the family had to leave him.


The Congo’s killing fields

By Kevin Clarke| Print this pagePrint | Email this pageShare
Article Social Justice War and Peace
Families separated. Millions left for dead. Do we share some of the blame?

Patrick Mwnyamahord knows where his father is buried because a neighbor showed him that small place. What he doesn't know is how his father got there, and there was no one he could safely ask, not then. Twelve years ago he and his family made one of a series of sudden escapes from the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) into nearby Burundi. On this particular exodus his father was too ill to travel and the family had to leave him.


Is James Foley a martyr? A brutal death sparks a faith-based debate

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Article Saints, Feasts, and Seasons War and Peace

c. 2014 Religion News Service

(RNS) From the moment news broke that U.S. journalist James Foley had been beheaded by Islamic State extremists in the Middle East, many Christians, especially Foley’s fellow Catholics, began calling him a martyr, with some even saying he should be considered a saint.

Yet that characterization has left others uneasy, and the discussion is raising larger questions about what constitutes martyrdom.


A hot mess in the Middle East

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Article Environment War and Peace
As tensions heat up in Iraq, one underlying cause of the conflict remains overlooked.

Assessing the Pentagon's spending priorities

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Article Politics War and Peace
Our inflated military budget comes at the expense of the nation’s most vulnerable.

A fundamental responsibility of national defense is a rational assessment of real-world threats and the practical limitations of military power. Every four years the Pentagon updates its long-term strategic priorities in a Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR), which offers some insight into how the U.S. military will prioritize and deploy its forces.


Breaking ranks: John Dear, the Jesuits, and working for peace

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Article War and Peace
Peace activist John Dear’s departure from the Jesuits calls to mind our need for modern prophets.

A Catholic case for gun control

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Article Politics War and Peace
Our nation’s culture of violence is out of control. It’s time to pull the trigger on efforts to reduce gun deaths.

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35 years ago in U.S. Catholic: Bring back the rosary

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Article Prayer and Sacraments War and Peace

By Father Daniel Berrigan, S.J.

This article appeared in the October 1978 issue of U.S. Catholic (Vol. 43, No. 10, pages 24-25).

Religious devotions are a little like lost-and­-found objects. Something gets lost, at least in the sense of losing sight of it. And then we come on it again, unexpectedly perhaps, lying there at our feet. It had been there all the time. But now it has about it a kind of glow, a patina. It is something like an old coin, the gospel says; we have every right to rejoice in finding it again.


Drones, torture, and the value of public opinion

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Article War and Peace

Our country’s drone policy has been operating mostly behind closed doors. According to law professor David Cole, that’s a troubling reality for a program that is responsible for taking human lives. In order to move forward, he says, we need to have transparent knowledge of the nation’s drone policy so that the American people have the opportunity to keep the government accountable for its decisions.


Drone wars: Shedding light on our country's secret program

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Article Politics War and Peace
Rules of engagement for targeted killings have been shrouded in secrecy. According to this legal expert, we still need more transparency.

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